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to the 2011 uprisings in libya. it's about an hour and starts now here on booktv. .. >> about the idea of writing a book about a series of events that was literally just underway. and it was a pit -- bit of an issue trying to come up with a book proposal because we had absolutely no idea how this was going to end. but, i mean, the end as in the exit of gadhafi was reasonably clear to me, i thought. the beginning was, at least as far as the rapprochement between the u.s., the west and libya was a period which i had lived as a junior diplomat from 2004 to 2006 when a small group of us was sent to tripoli to, basically, lay the foundations for what became the embassy. i, you know, i've spent a lot of time in the middle east. sometimes i wonder whether i should have studied japanese back when i was if college because, you know, the degree of changeability and if i could say drama just, you know, continues. but, you know, there's a certain something about the reason about the people and the disparate cultures that is quite gripping, and the more you get into it, the more you become passiona
a meeting and the first person i called on was an army colonel. i said where were you last? he said in libya. i said did you know christopher stevens? he said everybody knew christopher stevens. he was our leader, fluent in arabic, constructive, positive, doing something, he was our leader. this spontaneous practically eruption from him. he was a foreign service officer. anybody who has served with a foreign service as i did as the secretary of state knows, what a very special group of people this is. they are very able people. dedicated. they work hard for our country. chris was extraordinary and stood out. i thought what image can i think of that might express our way of thinking about him. i thought of the great seal of our republic. i don't know how many of you have ever looked carefully at it. the center is an eagle. in one talon the eagle is holding an olive branch. the eagle is looking at the olive branch to show that the united states will always seek peace. the other talon, the eagle is holding arrows to show that the united states understands if you will be effective and successful
>>> my name is chris stevens, i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. i had the honor to serve as the envoy to the libyan revolution and i was thrilled to watch the libyan people stand up and demand their rights. now i'm excited to return to libya to continue the great work we've started, building a solid partnership between the united states and libya to help you the libyan people achieve your goals. right now i'm in washington, preparing for my assignment. as i walk around the monuments and memorials commemorating the courageous men and women that made america what it is, i'm reminded we too went through challenging periods, when america was divided by a bitter civil war 150 years ago. president abraham lincoln had the vision to pull us together toward a shared goal of peace and prosperity. growing up in california i didn't know much about the arab world. then after graduating from the university of california at berkeley, i traveled to north africa as peace corps engineer. i worked as an english teacher in morocco two years and quickly grew to love this part of the world. si
a proper cup of cappuccino during their meetings in libya. the next topic of material goods would be his donkey, or lack thereof. i love the picture. it reminded me of a priceless letter he sent to me in law school when he was over there in the peace corps. chris wrote wonderful notes and told me when he went running in the village where he was staying, only to have locals come up beside him and say where is it, where did it go. where is what? your donkey. i don't have a donkey. >> why are you running? [ laughter] >> for exercise. >> exercise? are you nuts? if you want exercise, come work on my orchard, you crazy american. >> chris succeeded because he knew how to laugh at himself and relate to people around him. there are two more memories i want to share. one deals with government and jazz. chris always wanted to work for the state department. he always wanted to be involved in the foreign service. he took the foreign service exam when we were undergrads at cal. he came back the first time, pleased with results on the written but felt he didn't do so well on the orals. the question tha
involved in libya may have been involved and algeria, we don't know that. we do know there's reports from the united nations and others that weapons have gotten from libya into algeria, which points out our need as we look at transitions occurring in that region, syria, assad is not going to be there we think much longer. there's a lot of weapons in syria. do we have a strategy to make sure as we go through transition in countries that their weapons are -- we're mindful that these weapons could end up harming u.s. interests and it needs to be part of the strategy that make sure as we support alternative governments and the rebels that there is a strong priority in protecting the source of these weapons not ending up harming americans or harming our interests. >> well, senator, you're absolutely right. one of the reasons that we and other government agencies is exactly that, we have a concerted effort to try to track down and find and recover as many man pads and other dangerous weapons as possible. libya was a wash in weapons before the revolution. obviously there were additional weapons
of congressional testimony. over the attack in benghazi, libya. so what did we learn? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. amid accusations of a coverup, incompetence and inaction, secretary of state hillary clinton defended her handling of the september 11 assault on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, while accepting responsibility as head diplomat. we have coverage. brit hume looks at the hearings and the questioners. chief white house correspondent ed henry focuses on what the president was doing during and after the attack. we begin with the chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. at times, somber and at times combative hillary clinton. good evening. >> bret. good evening. more than four months after the benghazi attack, lawmakers are given a chance to question secretary of state clinton about what went wrong. who is to blame. and how to prevent future attacks like this one. >> days before she is due to leave the post, secretary of state clinton said the september 11 attack on benghazi consulate that led to four americans being killed stopped
, think about tunisia, egypt, libya. and there's a great deal of potential for an al qaeda 3.0 to really take root and become a major problem for this administration. >> i think that it's a real concern. there's real reason why secretary of state clinton said it as kind of a parting warning because al qaeda is filling in the empty spaces. and with the revolution in libya, the incredible arms flow there, al qaeda people who've been trained in afghanistan and come back to the ma greb and able to -- pretty much with impunity. for the united states it hasn't been an area of vital interest ever. it's much closer to europe. it's much more of concern to europe than it has ever been for the united states. that's why we kind of led from behind. >> in libya. >> in libya itself. because europeans were the ones exercised about it. we didn't care that much in terms of vital national interests compare today say the gulf. but just as after the soviet union was thrown out of afghanistan, we considered afghanistan not of any real interest to us and of course that's where al qaeda took root. so here again
, tyrone woods and glen doherty were killed at the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya. >> jake, i want to bring you back in and bring in our chief congressional correspondent dana bash so we can have this whole conversation as we're watching and awaiting the secretary of state there to testify before the house foreign affairs committee. and, dana bash, do we have you seated? >> i am, hi, brooke. >> nice to see you. as we await what will possibly be a little bit more fiery, right, questioning from members of the house as opposed to what we saw with the senate foreign relations committee earlier this morning, first, just give me a little bit of a preview, what are you hearing, what are you expecting to come from this, this afternoon? >> reporter: we're probably going to hear very similar lines of questioning that we heard, especially from republicans in this senate. it got maybe a little bit more fiery, a little more intense in the senate than we would have anticipated. we do anticipate that kind of atmosphere in the house, which is kind of the way the house tends to be, the house is run
is becoming more destabilized. lots of weapons that left libya while the united states was not making a quick decision. by the time they were done deciding if we should or shouldn't work on those weapons caches, the last weapon was on a truck headed towards places like mali. so all of these problems are kind of colliding. you see these more brazen attempt. i'd be reluctant to negotiate with them. >> obviously a tough decision to make but certainly explaining your logic. thank you very much. >>> the man claiming responsibility, he's a veteran jihadist. he has a history of kidnapping foreigners like chairman rogers just said. he is 40 years old. he's an algerian who has eluded counterterrorism forces for years. >> reporter: we first heard about this man while traveling on the mali border last summer. a tribesman we were with received a warning call telling him this man was in the area. >> what's his name? >> born in algeria, he's been a jihadist since his late teens. he's feared but also revered in northern africa. he lost an eye fighting in afghanistan and one eye is just one of his many names
of the department to implement. the a.r.b makes very clear that ambassador steven would knew more about libya than our government did not see a direct threat of an attack of this scale despite the trend of security problems we faced. i have to add, neither did the intelligence community. the a.r.b. makes that very clear that the intelligence community also did thought really zero in on the connection between the deteriorating threat environment in eastern libya and benghazi and a direct threat on our compound. we have work to do, to take in the information, making sure it gets to the right people and it isn't somehow stovepiped or stalled. that it does rise to decision-makers. i am committed to improving every way i can on what a.r.b. toll us to do on assessing our intelligence. i predict we will see all kind of threats not just to our government facilities but to private sector-facilities. in tunisia, although we protected our embassy, our school was badly damaged. we have to take a broader view. the a.r.b. gives us a start. it is not the whole story. >> thank you secretary clinton for yourto sec
knew more about libya than anybody else in our government did not see a direct threat of an attack of this nature and scale despite the overall trend of security problems that we faced. and i have to add, neither did the intelligence community. the arb makes that very clear. that the intelligence community also did not really zero in on the connection between the deteriorating threat environment in eastern libya and in benghazi. and a direct threat on our compound. so we have work to do. we have work to do inside the department. we have work to do with our partners and the d.o.d. and the intelligence community to constantly be taking in information, making sure it does get to the right people, that it isn't somehow stove piped or stalled. but that it does rise to decision makers. and i'm committed to improving every way that i can on what the arb told us to do on assessing our intelligence. and i think it's fair to say, congressman, that we have to do this now because i predict we're going to be as we saw in algeria seeing all kinds of asymmetric threats. not just to our government
libya under decades of dictatorship and we will look at news and take your calls on "washington journal" is next. >> ♪ host: good morning and welcome on this wednesday, january 30, 2013. the senate has confirmed john kerry as the next secretary of state. also, transportation secretary ray lahood has announced he will step down. on capitol hill today, the head of the nra testifies before the senate judiciary committee on gun violence. also testifying, retired navy captain mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords, who was shot two years ago in tucson. the washington post as a story about how families react when local public schools closed. a group of activists a closing schools most of text poor and minority students. -- most effects poor. we would like to hear from you. here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet. wheat can share that on the air. you can join the conversation on facebook by looking for c-span .r e-mail us in the headline in the washington post this morning -- what you think's? is closing public schools a ci
, libya has to have been the hottest of hot spots around the world. not to know of the request for securities? really i think it cost people their lives. their lives could have been saved had someone been more available and had someone been aware of the things and more on top of the job. my question is, is the u.s. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to turkey out of libya? >> to turkey? i will have to take that question for the record. nobody ever raised that with me. >> with respect to personnel, senator, first that's why we have independent people who review the situation as we did with the pickering and mullen and all four individuals identified had been removed from their job. secondly they have been placed on administrative leave while we step through the process to determine the next steps. >> the answer is frankly that you have given this morning are mot satisfactory to me. the american people deserve to know answers and they don't deserve false answers. >> senator, i understand your very, very strong
he supported the administration bombing libya in 2011 without congressional approval. >> you see the constitution really doesn't give this kind of latitude to sometimes go to war and sometimes not go to war. >> look, you can be absolutist and apply it to every circumstance. the problem is, it just doesn't work in some instances. >> with north korea threatening confrontation with the u.s. today, kerry suggested china could play a more constructive role. other secretaries of state hoped the same thing to find beijing the obstacle. kerry's confirmation vote is next tuesday. >> bret: thank you. on a day when the senate focused on confirming the next secretary of state, there are still a lot of questions tonight about what the current secretary said yesterday concerning the deadly terror attack in libya last september. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge with a fact check on hillary clinton. >> scrutiny of hillary clinton's testimony reveals a lack of consistency. on clinton, she cited independent review known as the accountability review board, a.r.b., to but tres her
the overthrow of moammar qaddafi, libya's strong man. aqim has established strict islamist law in northern mali and destroyed dozens of aish went movings -- ancient mosques and tombs. the united nations has declared it a culture heritage site. the french president asked the u.s. to help france's military in using manpower and drones. >> question, what's at stake for the u.s. in mali? >> clearly, we and the rest of the world don't really want the al qaeda affiliate to establish its roots there. the government is weak. it's not a democratic government. and so defense secretary leon panetta has said that the u.s. government is willing to assist the french with logistics and intelligence. the drones you mentioned are not -- they would not be armed drones. they would be intelligence gathering drones but the french have taken the lead on n. i think so far the u.s. is standing on the side lienls pretty much -- sidelines pretty much cheering them on because it's an important mission. >> we've sent 55,000 americans there according to-- >> 50 million? >> what is it? 550 americans and they are there not a
hearings. one in the senate, one in the house. on what happened at the u.s. consulate at benghazi, libya, four and a half months ago on september 11th. four americans were killed in the attack, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens. secretary clinton became emotional as she described the scene at andrews air force base in maryland just outside washington, d.c. >> i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> in libya, before the attack, ambassador stevens cabled the state department, asking for more security. at the hearing, the secretary was asked about hothis request and others like them from the u.s. embassy in libya were handled. >> the specific security requests pertaining to benghazi, you know, were handled by the security professionals in the department. i didn't see those requests. they didn't come to me. i didn't approve them, i didn't deny them. >> he
than 16 security people to libya and nobody that i know in washington, dc, was involved in the issue of how many of those were in benghazi going with the ambassador or there in advance. the decision that all 16 weren't with him was a decision you cannot blame either political party or anyone in washington. ultimately, all we can have in our embassies is enough to keep off a militant attack for a few hours and after that if the host country doesn't come to a rescue it doesn't matter if we have three, six, 12, 16, or 36 armed guards and marines at the location. an aspect of protecting our diplomats in the future is bringing to justice the criminals who did this, this time. we did a lot for the people of libya. we did a lot for those who are now ruling. how would you appraise their efforts to cooperate with us in the investigation? does this libyan government have the will and the capacity to arrest suspects involved, and, of course, will and capacity tend to go with each other and i think they would have to at minimum strain their capacity to try to arrest powerful armed elements in th
questions about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, in two congressional hearings. first the senate foreign relations committee, followed by her testimony at the house foreign affairs >> and hillary clinton answered questions about the september 11, 2012 attack. a u.s. ambassador died in that attack along with two of the embassy's security staff. secretary clinton will be stepping down from her purse once a new secretary of state is confirmed. this is two and a half hours. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] the committee will come to order. let me begin by welcoming the new members to the committee. since the full senate has not passed the committee resolution officially, i want to ask unanimous consent to returning members to allow prospective members to protest pay into de's hearing. if there is no objection, so ordered. let me welcome you and thank you to come before the committee. you had an intervening challenge and we are thrilled to see you here today doing well and to take time out of yo
anticipate what might have been. one of the r.s.o.'s who had served in libya said the kind of attack the compound suffered had not been anticipated. we had gotten used to preparing for car bombs and suicide bombings and things like that but this was of a different nature. and we even saw that at the annex, which was much more heavily fort fid, had much more heavy military equipment, we lost two of our best and had one of our diplomatic security officers badly injured. he's still at walter reed. so even the annex which had more assets in the face of the attack was suffering losses that night. >> thank you very much. >> mr. moreno of pennsylvania. >> good afternoon, madam speaker -- madam secretary. in august of 2012, after the benghazi attack, they published a report on behalf of al qaeda in lib rah, it detailed particularly in east libya. something alarming to me in this d.o.d. report was the mention that al qaeda groups in lib ja have adopted the black flag which symbolizes commitment to violent jihad promoted by al qaeda's senior leaders. in my hand, i hold a picture of the flag th
. >>> and susannah reacts to the ban on assault weapons. >> and libya, algeria mali. no doubt that the algerian terrorist had weapons from libya and no doubt that the malian rements aqim have weapons from lib yampt is north africa the new headquarters for terroristpeter kings talks. >> and a dolphin in distress asked humans for help in the deep blue sea and jimicle yehis wife jill on how their marriage survives infell dillity and help. >> governor mike huckabee. welcome to huckabee. we are coming to you from los angeles tonight. this week callers to my radio show were not optmistic with four years of president obama at the helm. most of them lean conservative. but the term i heard was america was going to the dogs. i take strong exception to that. tuesday january 15th my black lab bradorjet died. he would have been 15 years old. i wanted to talk about it last week and i was afraid not to get through it without completely losing it we had three wonderful dogs. jet was my inseparable companian as a anniversary gift. he was my hunting buddy and fishing companion and sat next to me as i wrote the w
, we had no evacuation plan established in spite of the fact that months earlier in libya we had i think -- an italian ferry boat to be able to get people out who were in danger who were diplomats at the time. so those are the concerns. we want to make sure their security for our ambassadors, which gets to the issue, we talk about what happened on the talk shows. and they said the best information that was best available at the time, the american people heard we had a substantial security presence. thy heard we obviously heard we did have a strong security presence. and obviously there was a significant security presence. and i just believe that that wasn't the case. and i would ask you today, if you believe we had a significant substantial and strong security presence in libya at that time? because we want that for all our ambassadors. >> right. senator, we had a security presence that was mutually reinforced with the annex. we had had as you rightly point out and others before, you previous incidents, not only against our compound but against the british, the red cross and others
alert. for the first time since the terror attacks in libya, attacks that hit on september 11th more than four months ago. state state will face questions from in a hearing that will begin at any moment -- secretary of state hillary clinton. the brutal hurd of our u.s. ambassador that night and three other americans. good morning, everybody. it is topic a today. welcome here to "america's newsroom". martha: a lot of tension in that room. we've been waiting for this for a long time. i'm i'm martha maccallum. good morning. for more than four months the families of four americans that were killed are looking for answers. they hope to get some of them as this moment unravels right now. we're looking at the scene on capitol hill where she will face grilling from the senate foreign relations committee moments away. bill: we see her for the first time. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel on the hill. this hearing will begin in a matter of minutes. when it does, mike, what are some of the key answers that these senators want to hear today? >> reporter: lawmakers i talked to say th
or interagency meeting before this attack with regard to the deteriorating security situation in libya? >> with specific security requests, they didn't come to me, i had no knowledge of them. >> for the most part, though, republicans seemed to obsess over the comments of the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice over double talk, alleged coverup and whether rice purposely underplayed the terrorist connection and underscored protests to an anti-muslim film. >> we were told there were protests and an assault sprang out of that and that was not the fact and the american people could have known that within days and they didn't know that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd they'd go kill some americans. what difference at this point does it make? it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> hillary clinton was a strong advocate for the u.s. military intervention that helped remove moammar g
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